Who can apply for a notice of marriage? Click to get info
To give notice couples must have:
- lived in Waltham Forest or your district for at least 8 full days (full day is 24 hours) before giving notice
- 9 clear days’ residence in the borough if travelling from overseas for a marriage or civil partnership in England and Wales
- written consent from your parents if aged between 16 and 18 by completing the consent to marriage form
If you plan to hold your marriage or civil partnership in a different area, you should also contact the local register office for that area before you give notice, to make sure officials will be there on the day.
How much does it cost to give notice? Click to get info
Fees must be paid online when you book your appointment.
There is a non-refundable booking fee for each person wishing to give notice. There is an additional fee if one or both of you are subject to immigration control which is £24 in total.
Please note that if you do not attend your notice appointment or produce incorrect or insufficient documents and your notice cannot be taken then you will have to pay again for another appointment. So you must read the guidance before attending your appointment.
If you make changes to your booking in 24 hours of the appointment you will have to pay the fee again.
These non-refundable booking fees are as follows:
|Monday to Friday (per person)||£35|
|Saturday (per person)||£45|
If you don't have a computer, visit a Library Plus branch to use our self-service to log your request/report. Someone will be there to help you if you need it.
Please note with effect from the 1 November 2017 there will a fee to be paid which has been set by the government for those who have been divorced outside of the United Kingdom. Divorces that have taken place in a foreign country require clearance from the General Register Office before your ceremony can take place. Please note this fee will be payable on the day of your notice appointment. We do not accept cash payments, payment made can only be taken via debit or credit card.
|Divorce documents that can be cleared locally||£50|
|Divorce documents sent to GRO for consideration and clearance||£75|
Coming to the appointment Click to get info
On the day of your appointment:
Allow time to park as it can be difficult to find space in the area
Let staff at reception know that you are here for your appointment
Bring all your supporting documents with you - failure to have the correct documents may mean that your appointment cannot go ahead - you will have to make a new appointment and be charged again
If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, you will be asked to re-book your appointment and pay a new fee.
I don't speak English
If one of you doesn't speak English, you must bring an interpreter with you. This can be a family member or friend who understands English.
You will not be able to interpret for each other and we can't arrange an interpreter for you.
Documents to bring to the appointment Click to get info
If you are a British/EU citizen
You must both bring the following documents to prove your name, age and nationality:
Valid passport/ ID card or
- Full British birth certificate (if you were born after 1 January 1983 you must prove your parents' nationality with their passport or birth certificate) Also you must bring the full certificate showing your parents details the short copy is not accepted.
- EEA (European Economic Area) National identity card
Proof of address for each person. This must be one of the following:
- Utility bill (gas, water or electricity) dated within the last 3 months
- Council Tax bill - most recent
- Bank statement - dated within last month
- Mortgage statement - dated within the last 12 months
- Council/housing association tenancy agreement
- Valid UK Driving Licence
- Letter from the owner or proprietor
If you are an EEA Citizen (British / European) and wish to marry a non EEA Citizen or someone subject to immigration control you will BOTH need to bring:
- proof of identity – valid passport
- proof of address (as above)
- a passport sized picture each
- proof of status/visa – (evidence of settled or permanent residence, a marriage or civil partnership visa or exemption from immigration control)
If any of these documents are not in English, a translation of the documents will be required.
The translation must be signed by the translator with their contact details and they must certify that it is a true translation.
You must bring originals, we do not accept photocopies.
If you have been divorced or widowed, please also bring:
- The decree absolute or final order
- The death certificate and marriage certificate of your former partner
Read the GOV.UK guidance on giving notice as a foreign national.
Before you give notice, you should make sure that you are able to satisfy the laws
If your divorce has taken place outside of the United Kingdom please refer to the section above 'how much does it cost to give notice?' as of 1 November 2017 there will be a new fee introduced.
What happens next? Click to get info
After your appointment, your notice will be displayed in a public folder in the Register Office for 28 clear days.
The marriage licence will be issued to the district of where you will be getting married.
If you’re subject to immigration control, the Home Office must give clearance before the marriage licence can be issued.
A notice of marriage or civil partnership is valid for 12 months.
Getting a licence for a venue if you are seriously ill Click to get info
Getting married abroad Click to get info
Help with completing online forms Click to get info
Opposite Sex Civil Partnerships Click to get info
The Civil Partnerships Opposite-sex Couples Regulations 2019 has now been approved in Parliament.
The regulations will come into force on 2 December 2019.
We are able to now take bookings for couples to give notice from 2 December 2019 which will allow the first civil partnerships under the standard procedure to be formed from 31 December 2019.